Can you believe Summer is almost over? The last couple of months have flown by for me. How about you? Are you ready for boots and hot toddy?
Kim and I have enjoyed some much needed R&R and are ready to hit the ground running with a new series we’re calling:
Super Women : Celebrating Women, Wins and Wow Moments!
Super Women deserve to be celebrated.
I’m sitting at at a networking event, when the host poses the question: Why do you deserve to be celebrated today? She releases the group into a meet and greet time, where we have to (emphasis on the “have to”) answer that question as we introduce ourselves.
I can feel the panic set in as soon as I shake my first hand. Why do I deserve to be celebrated today?
Fortunately, Linda, the owner of the hand I’m holding, answers first:
“I deserve to be celebrated today because frankly, I showed up to this event. I’m always committing to things and backing out at the last second. I committed to being here and I’m here – and that is a win for me”.
Her answer isn’t profound, but it completely changes my perspective. That is a win! I relate to that feeling. Suddenly, I’m proud of Linda, and I don’t even know her! I want to hug her and buy her a coffee! I want to celebrate with her and tell others about it! (But, I don’t want to scare her, so I settle for a nice shoulder squeeze and “I’m glad you made it”)
This question has been tugging at my heart strings for two reasons:
First, it took me longer than it should to identify something to celebrate. Sometimes, I focus so hard on the big things, that the “smaller” things fall by the wayside. These smaller moments are so significant – and it can be in these moments where God is revealing His faithfulness. I don’t want to miss those moments!
Second, I don’t think we’re celebrating each other enough. I think of my mom, going out of her way to make her family and friends feel special every day. I think of my sister, pursuing a career she’s passionate about. I think of my best friend, raising a toddler as a single mom. I can’t tell you how often I look at one of these women and think, Gosh, I don’t know how she does it all. She’s amazing. There is so much to celebrate! I want these women to feel celebrated.
Our Dear Grace series brought some beautiful words of encouragement for the women of Grace Chapel, as a whole. We want to take it a step further and give you the platform to celebrate a woman (or women) in your own life – for any reason. Who is your Super Woman, and why? From overcoming giants to those small, significant daily wins, we all know a lady who deserves to be celebrated.
And really, we all deserve to be celebrated. It’s as simple as that.
Alyssa (& Kim)